Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), Sarbananda Sonowal, met with his Qatari counterpart, Minister of Transport Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti, in the capital earlier this week. This year the two countries celebrate fifty years of the establishment of full diplomatic ties.
The two ministers discussed the current scenario of both nations’ ports and the programs and policies on the development of transportation. They also shared the best practices for logistics, supply chain, port operations, and digitisation.
India’s bilateral trade with Qatar clocked USD 15.03 billion in 2021-22. India emerged as one of the top four export destinations and among Qatar’s top three sources of import.
Main commodities imported from Qatar include LPG, LNG, petrochemicals, chemicals and fertilisers, aluminum articles, and plastics. India’s export to Qatar involves copper, iron, steel articles, cereals, fruits, vegetables, spices, processed food products, plastic, construction material, electrical and other machinery, rubber, and precious stones.